Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, praised Filipinos for offering the “best hospitality” during Pope Francis’ visit to the country.
The Italian prelate made his remarks at a press briefing following the Pope’s departure on Monday.
“We received the best and the widest collaboration. In fact we had the opportunity to get in touch with everybody and everywhere in the government, both national and local,” he said.
And this has been noticed by everybody, and the collaborator of the Holy Father said thanks… because they received the best hospitality everywhere they went.”
The Apostolic Nuncio also thanked the Filipino bishops who he said supported him in the organization of the pope’s visit, a first for Archbishop Pinto.
“Fraternally, I would like to say thank you to my brother bishops who sustained me,” he concluded.
“This was my first experience of a papal visit because in two occasions I arrived late in Papua New Guinea about 30 years ago and in Argentina about 25 years ago. But now the Pope said, ‘Now you have this. I’m satisfied.’”